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Goliath challenges the Israelites

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Goliath challenges the Israelites Jesse sends provisions The shepherd, David
A mammoth of a man, and a champion warrior of the Philistine army, Goliath, challenges the Israelite army to send their best warrior to fight him in battle.  Details show:  1 -another good view of a Bard or Barding ~ a padded fabric covering for the horse, often used to display the heraldic marking of the knight.  2 -two heater-shields 3 -four examples of a "Pennon", a  medium-sized flag (about 3 feet in length) flown from the head of a spear that is held "at charge" (horizontally or near-so). Any heraldry or artwork displayed on a pennon is oriented to be viewed in the "at charge" position. The pennon indicated the physical presence of the person who's arms might be displayed on it.  4 -a classic cruciform-style sword with round pommel.  5 -first viewing of Goliath, fully armed and armoured in chainmaille, helm, greaves, sword and spear6 -good view of plate armour greaves, held in place with leather straps around the back of the legs; greaves were designed to protect the front of the lower legs.  7 -several points regarding this picture:  the round pommel of this sword is very ornately carved; the grip has ornate crisscrossed leather wrappings; the guard has noticeable engraving marks on the ends; the metal tip on the scabbard does not appear to be a solid piece, but is a "frame" style of tip with an opening in the center; excellent view of the "frog" attachment to the sword-belt 8 -first view of the leather arm-straps, on the back side of a heater-shield, through which the forearm was inserted to hold the shield during battle.  9 -a version of a Kettle-hat helm 10 -a round battle-shield known as a Buckler11 -a horse bridle with an attached "Throat Latch", an additional leather strap going around the neck and attached to the bridle - this kept the bridle more secure on the horse's head during battle.  In modern times, this device is typically found only on "English" bridles (as opposed to "Western" bridles). Jesse sends David to the Israelite encampment with provisions.  Details show:  1 -a man's purse (wallet).  2 -a fairly decent representation of a dog. David leaves his father's flock of sheep in the capable hands of a fellow shepherd while he travels to the Israelite encampment.  Details show:  1 -another style of a man's purse (wallet).  2 -a unique over-garment, which appears to be a cloth mantle (almost Tabard in style) with an attached hood3 -another view of a man's purse4 -period footwear called ankle-boots, commonly worn by the "working class" after c1200AD.  5 -another view of period footwear called ankle-boots6 -what appears to be a sort of circlet, or headband on David's head.
Details 1Bard or Barding: padded covering for a horse. 2Two heater-shields. 3Heraldic flag called a Pennon. 4Classic cruciform style sword with round pommel. 5Goliath, fully armed and armoured. 6Plate armour greaves. 7Sword scabbard 8Leather arm-straps on the back of a heater-shield. 9A kettle-hat helm. 10A buckler (a round battle-shield) 11Horse bridle with a "Throat Latch" strap. Details 1A man's purse (wallet). 2A dog. Details 1Another style of a man's purse. 2A tabard-style mantle with an attached hood. 3Another view of a man's purse. 4Period footwear called ankle-boots. 5Period footwear called ankle-boots. 6A circlet, or headband.

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David delivers the provisions David accepts the challenge
David brings the provisions sent by Jesse to the Israelite encampment.  Details show:  1 -a cooking pot, shown hanging on the side of a cart.  2 -a spare kettle-hat helm, suspended on the cart.  3 -what appears to be a small cooking vessel, hanging on the cart.  4 -another small cooking vessel, hanging on the cart.  5 -first viewing of a Cervelliere, a small steel armour skullcap, often worn under a Great Helm for additional head protection.  6 -"soft armour", a quilted leather jerkin, complete with leather gorget (neck protection).  7 -a variety of weapons, from the left: a pike style weapon, a glaive, a spear and an axe8 -a heraldic type of flag, called a "Banner", attached (in this case) to the head of a spear.  Typically, they were vertical in orientation (as seen), usually 2 "units" wide by 3 "units" high, and represented a king, baron, overload or knight.  It preceded him in battle as a sign of his feudal rights ~ in this case, there are three black (sable) cinquefoils on a white (argent) background (field).  9 -another banner10 -first viewing of period pavilions 11 -period footwear showing an open side on the inside of the foot.  12 -another view of a Cervelliere, a small steel armour skullcap, often worn under a Great Helm for additional head protection. David decided to take Goliath up on his challenge to a battle.  Details show:  1 -another view of a Cervelliere, a small steel armour skullcap, often worn under a Great Helm for additional head protection.  2 -a good view of a knightly surcoat with a "keyhole" neckline.  3 -a knight's belt 4 -another view of plate armour greaves, held in place with leather straps around the back of the legs; greaves were designed to protect the front of the lower legs; you can also see the padded, quilted  Cuisses (padding for the thighs) which appear to come to just below the knee.  5 -round steel battle-shields known as Bucklers6 -another view of a sword-scabbard with the "frame" style of metal tip.  7 -another view of a sword-scabbard with the "frame" style of metal tip.  8 -period footwear which clearly shows the stitching running over the top from the toe to the ankle ~ this indicates how shoes were constructed: leather was wrapped around the foot from underneath, then stitched closed on the top to obtain a correct fit. 
Details 1A cooking pot. 2A spare kettle-hat helm hanging on a cart. 3A small cooking vessel, hanging on the cart. 4Another small cooking vessel, hanging on the cart. 5A cervelliere, a small steel armour skullcap. 6Quilted leather jerkin. 7A pike, a glaive, a spear and an axe. 8A Banner, mounted on a spear. 9A Banner, mounted on a spear. 10Two period pavilions. 11Period footwear. 12A cervelliere, a small steel armour skullcap. Details 1A cervelliere, a small steel armour skullcap. 2A surcoat with a "keyhole" neckline. 3A knight's belt. 4Plate armour greaves. 5Round steel shields, called Bucklers. 6A scabbard with a frame-style metal tip. 7A scabbard with a frame-style metal tip. 8Period footwear showing the stitched seam.
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